Episode 23 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Michelle Mainville

October 21st, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, host Gordon Spence, is joined by Michelle Mainville. Michelle and Gordon sat down the day before Orange Shirt Day, to discuss Michelle’s life and healing journey. Michelle is a mother, a youth addictions counsellor, survivor of the Sixties Scoop, survivor of human trafficking and an intergenerational survivor of the Residential School System. Michelle is candid about her life’s journey and the hardships she has experienced. In this important episode, Michelle speaks about the loss of her daughter at the hands of human traffickers.

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Episode 22 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Paul Quassa

October 5th, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, host Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by former Premier of Nunavut Paul Quassa. Paul Quassa has had a long life in politics. From working in the Land Claims Department for Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, to his time as mayor of Igloolik, then being elected to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, becoming Minister of Education, followed by time as Premier of Nunavut and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Paul Quassa shares with us his humour, his storytelling, and his wise perspective as a proud Inuk.

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Episode 21 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Elder Irene Compton

September 8th, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, our host, Gordon Spence is pleased to be joined by Elder Irene Compton. Elder Irene is a co-founder of the Minwaashin Lodge and is a first-generation survivor of Residential School. At the Lodge, Irene is the Keeper of Stories, which connects Indigenous women to their culture, identity and the pride. Elder Irene and Gordon sit down this week, to talk about the importance of being spiritually strong, of family, and of addressing needs of Indigenous Peoples in an urban setting.

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Episode 21 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk

August 3rd, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s host, Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by a young Inuk woman and cardiac surgeon, Doctor Donna May Kimmaliardjuk. Donna May is Canada’s first Inuk cardiac surgeon. Growing up in Ottawa, she knew from a young age that she wanted to become a surgeon, and she has since found her way to the top. Having trained in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), she is now based out of the Eastern Health, St. John’s Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. Dr. Donna May and Gordon sat down to discuss what life was like for a young Inuk heart surgeon, and how she got to where she is now. 

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Episode 20 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Theland Kicknosway

July 20th, 2021

On this week’s episode of Roots & Hoots, our host, Gordon Spence, is joined by Theland Kicknosway. Theland is an Indigenous youth who uses his voice to showcase his culture, Theland is also a traditional singer, drummer, dancer, and social media influencer. Belonging to the Wolf Clan of the Pottawatomi and Cree Nation, and a member of Walpole Island Bkejwanong Territory, in 2018, the 14-year-old Theland became the youngest Indspire Laureate, on behalf of Culture, Heritage, and Spirituality. For this Roots & Hoots episode, Theland sits down with Gordon to discuss his beginnings, as well as his plans for the future as he embarks on his annual bike/run for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2-Spirit People (MMIWG2S).

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Episode 19 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Alex Flaherty

July 7th, 2021

On this week’s episode of the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s Roots & Hoots, host Gordon Spence is delighted to be joined by Alex Flaherty. Alex is from Iqaluit, Nunavut, and spent his childhood in Grise Fiord, the most northern community in Canada. With a small population of less than 200, Alex’s grandparents moved in the 1950s from Northern Quebec to the High Arctic, where they had to adapt to difficult hunting and living conditions. Alex grew up hunting and camping with his father, which inspired his passion for the outdoors and his reverence for the stunning landscapes of the North. These experiences, coupled with his strong connection to the land, and his enthusiasm for place-based learning, helped spark Alex’s vision for what would become his company, Polar Outfitting.

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Episode 18 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Dan and Nancy Rubenstein

June 23rd, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s host, Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by Dan and Nancy Rubenstein. Dan and Nancy have lived in Ottawa since 1981.  Dan was an auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and Nancy was an early childhood educator. They have since retired, and through what started as stories to their grandchildren, they have since been putting pen to paper. Their first published book, Railroad of Courage, tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who flees slavery and makes her way to Canada on the Underground Railroad.  Dan and Nancy’s most recent work is a book entitled St. Michael’s Residential School: Lament and Legacy, based off their 4-month work experience at the school. They are allies to Survivors of Residential Schools and share with Gordon, a perspective that we do not often hear, but one that is so important on the road to Reconciliation and to the shared healing between Indigenous Peoples, and the rest of Canada.

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Episode 17 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Christian Spence

June 8th, 2021

On this week’s extra special Roots & Hoots episode, the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s host, Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by his son, Christian. Christian Spence is a Cree and Inuk man, who has led an adventurous life, leading up to his role as Policy
Advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). He is an avid hockey lover who has travelled far and wide, worked in kitchens and is now endeavoring law school in the fall of 2021. Together, they discuss Christian’s journey to owning his identity, as well as the experiences and family legacy that has helped shape and inform the man he is today.

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Episode 16 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Anna Lambe

May 26th, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s (LHF) host, Gordon Spence, is pleased to be joined by Inuk actress, Anna Lambe who is known for her roles as Sarah in CBCs Trickster as well as Spring from the movie The Grizzlies. Anna is a two-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. Together, they discuss Anna’s new found platform and visibility, as well as her emphasis on promoting Inuit artists, experiences, and stories.

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Episode 15 - Roots and Hoots Interview with Thomas Matthew “666God” Lambe

May 11th, 2021

On this week’s Roots & Hoots episode, LHF host, Gordon Spence, is joined by special guest Thomas Matthew “666God” Lambe, an Inuk rapper from Grise Fiord currently living in Iqaluit. They discuss his upbringing and how he first got into making music. Thomas shares the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song with noted Indigenous artists Dan General and Adam Tanuyak for the song “Trials” that was featured in the film “The Grizzlies.”

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